Acer Aspire F5-572-57t8

The Acer Aspire F5-572-57t8 is a mid-range laptop which, in spite of the unattractive casing, promises good performance at a fair price. Out of the myriad of Acer devices, this one stands out as an overlooked underdog.

Review

The Acer I’ll be reviewing today has been launched without any fuss, yet it’s one of the most interesting deal in terms of price – quality ratio. Although the design of the notebook won’t inspire any user, the sheer simplicity makes it ideal for home or office use as a multimedia device, work laptop or even as a desktop replacement. That is if you can get past the integrated video card.

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Ready for the real world

The Acer Aspire F5-572-57t8 comes equipped with a 6th generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor, the industry standard when it comes to mid-range notebooks. Its ubiquity makes it an obvious, cost-effective choice for Acer. It has 3 megabytes of available cache and a clock speed of up to 2.8 gigahertz, although that doesn’t count as much as the aforementioned cache.

The Acer also comes with a comfortable 8 gigabytes of memory, enough on its own to support the new Windows 10 operating system, but also to run RAM intensive programs like Photoshop or online spreadsheet editing tools such as Google Sheets without much hassle. The memory is user upgradeable to 16 gigabytes, although I don’t see it as a necessity at all with this notebook.

Storage space is adequate. One terabyte will be enough for your music/movie collections. Speed-wise, it will suffer a bit compared to an SSD, but then again the price for a solid state drive with similar storage capacity is excessive at the moment. It’ll work great in a home and office environment, where there is no need for demanding programs.

Full HD display

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Pictured: The Acer Aspire F5-572-57t8 notebook

The Acer Aspire F5-572-57t8 features a 15.6 inch LCD screen with full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels), meaning you’ll be able to view YouTube content at 1080p resolutions. However, considering there is no dedicated GPU, I don’t know how the Skylake processor can handle 60 frames per second videos, even if they promised increased support for video playback.

The graphics unit is integrated, meaning you won’t be able to play most games released in the last two to three years at satisfying quality settings. The Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU will play movies and online content without glitches or freezes, just don’t expect for your games or visual programs that may need rendering to operate at full capacity.

Great connectivity and backwards compatibility

The Aspire F5-572-57t8 has a 802.111ac wireless card with MU-MIMO technology, meaning you’ll be able to connect to supporting routers and enjoy unparalleled transfer speeds and available bandwidths. It’s great for environments where more than one device connects to an access point, such as work or even at home (we regularly have multiple parallel devices hungry for internet feasting from the same router).

Also, it features a VGA connector which is useful if you have an slightly older generation external screen or a video projector. However, connecting a VGA cable into the notebook for the purpose of using it as desktop will severely limit its ease of use, since unscrewing the VGA port isn’t what you call plug-and-play.

Having a DVD reader/writer isn’t necessarily a feature nowadays, but it’s nice to have it nonetheless, should the need to copy something from a disc arise.

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Acer_Aspire_F5-572-57t8_3A few words on portability

This notebook isn’t exactly what you’d call thin or lightweight by today’s standards, but it should prove itself to be a handy companion around the house or the office when needed. Carrying the 5+ lbs laptop around will surely be a pain, especially if you chose to include the power adapter as well. Not that practical, but if you’re on a budget and wish to travel close to home/office with it, it will perform just fine.

When it comes to battery life, I honestly expected lower numbers, but the Acer will manage to hold a charge for up to six and a half hours. Decent for the price, if you ask me.

Technical Specifications


Acer Aspire F5-572-57t8 VALUE
PROCESSOR
CPU Name Intel Core i5-6200U
CPU Type Dual Core
CPU Speed 2.3 GHz up to 2.8 GHz
CPU Cache 3 MB
SYSTEM MEMORY
Installed Memory 8 GB
Maximum Memory 16 GB
Memory Type DDR3L SDRAM
Total Memory Slots 2 Slots
STORAGE
Storage Capacity 1 TB
Storage Type Hard Disk Drive
Storage Technology SATA
DISPLAY
Screen Size 15.6″
Screen Type ActiveMatrix TFT LCD
Screen Technology ComfyView Backlit-LED
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Touchscreen No
GRAPHICS
Graphics Processing Unit Intel HD Graphics 520
Graphic Card Type Integrated
Graphics Memory Shared
AUDIO & VIDEO
Audio Technology HD Audio
Speakers 2 Speakers
Webcam Yes, 720p
NETWORK AND COMMUNICATION
Wireless LAN 820.11ac MU-MIMO WLAN
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet
INTERFACE
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
HDMI Yes
VGA Yes
Headphone/Mic Audio Combo Jack
Multi Card Slot Yes, SD support
LAN (RJ45) Yes
INPUT DEVICES
Pointing Device Precision Touchpad
Keyboard Standard Notebook
Backlit Keyboard No
BATTERY
Battery Type 4-Cell Lithium Ion
Battery Capacity 2520 mAh
Maximum Battery Life Up to 6.5 hours
Other Features DVD-Writer
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Dimensions (W x D x H) 15″ x 10.1″ x 1.1″
Weight 5.29 lbs

Scores, Pros and Cons

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  • Pros
  • Good overall specs considering the price
  • Adequate storage space
  • Full HD display
  • Better battery life than expected
  • Cons
  • No dedicated graphics card
  • A bit bulky
  • Dull design

Final Thoughts

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To conclude, if you wish to buy the Acer Aspire F5-572-57t8, you’ll have to make a few compromises. Considering the sub $650 price tag at the time of this review, I think it’s a pretty balanced notebook with the added bonus of having a great display. Hiding under the boring casing is a fair priced device that will get the job done.

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